Weekend Report- October 21-22, 2017
MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A man was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Jefferson County. 31 year old Dustin Sellers of Imperial was riding his motorcycle on Old Highway M when it struck a deer, causing it to overturn and eject him from the motorcycle. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment.
WOMAN HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY WRECK
A Sturgeon woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Audrain County. 76 year old Ramona Geery was on Route 22 when her car ran off the right side of the road and struck a raised driveway. She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A woman from Barnhart, MO was hurt in an accident that occurred at 6:20am Sunday in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 63 year old Gloria Glore was on Highway 21 when her car struck a deer in the roadway. She was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
October 20, 2017
BUCKLE UP AND PHONE DOWN DAY ON MISSOURI ROADWAYS
It’s something we should all be smart enough to do every day, but MODOT and the Coalition for Roadway Safety are hoping that if we all do it for one day, maybe it will start a new habit for all of us. Today is ‘Buckle Up Phone Down’ day in Missouri. We’re all being challenged to buckle our seat belts and put our phones down while driving. It sounds easy…but yet, 6 out of 10 traffic fatality victims in Missouri last year were NOT buckled up…and, since 2014, there has been a 20 percent increase in traffic crashes involving cell phone use. So, do it today…and then do it again tomorrow…buckle up and phone down…arrive alive!
COLUMBIA MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER OVERNIGHT FIRE
A male victim is in critical condition this morning, after an overnight house fire in Columbia. Firefighters were called to the scene on Forest Avenue shortly after 12:30am and found smoke coming from the home. They were able to enter the home and get the male resident out. He was taken to a local hospital. The department says the fire was contained in one room and no one else was home at the time. The man’s identity has not been released.
COLUMBIA TEEN SUFFERS GUNSHOT WOUND
Boone County authorities say a Columbia teenager was shot in a home in the 4200 block of Bethany Drive on Wednesday night. The incident occurred at around 10:30pm. Boone County Deputies were called to a report of gunshots and learned the 17 year old victim had all ready been taken to a hospital by private vehicle. The victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the head. The injuries were described as not life-threatening. No suspect information has been released.
WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:15am Thursday in Franklin County. 58 year old Elaine Fowler of Gerald, MO was on Route H when her Chevy Blazer traveled off the right side of the road, she overcorrected, causing it to run off the left side of the roadway and strike a tree. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
October 19, 2017
MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Wellsville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:55am Wednesday in Montgomery County. 37 year old Eric Welschmeyer was on Highway 19 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, onto a gravel road, came back onto the road, ran off the left side, hit a ditch and overturned several times. He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s in Audrain County for treatment of minor injuries.
WOMAN WITH A GUN CAUSES MIZZOU LOCKDOWN
Reports of a woman with a gun caused a Tuesday morning lockdown on the University of Missouri Campus. Reports indicated a woman was possibly suicidal and carrying a gun, near the Mizzou Campus. The woman was later located and taken into custody in the 400 block of Park Avenue. Officers say she was not armed at that time, but they believe she may have discarded the weapon. Police say they believe she had no intention of harming anyone else. Her identity has not been released.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER VEHICLE AND FOOT PURSUIT
A Wednesday night police pursuit started with a traffic stop in Boone County and ended with a foot chase in Cooper County. Just before 10pm, a Boone County deputy attempted to stop a westbound vehicle on I-70. The vehicle fled the scene into Cooper County before becoming disabled near the 99 mile marker. Two suspects attempted to flee the vehicle on foot. They were both apprehended after a foot pursuit. 37 year old Jose De Los Dios and 27 year old Lesli Ramirez, both of Kansas City, are in custody. Both are accused of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. De Los Dios also was wanted on a parole violation warrant from New York state.
MOBERLY MAN ACCUSED OF 16 CHILD SEX COUNTS
A Moberly man faces a total of 16 counts of child-sex-related charges, after an investigation by Randolph County authorities. The Moberly Police Department says 38 year old Carl Edward Sheets, of Moberly, was arrested Tuesday. The warrant includes 16 charges, including three counts of statutory sodomy, three counts of statutory rape, three counts of incest and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child by sexual conduct. Sheets is being held in the Randolph County Jail on $500,000 dollars cash only bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday. No further details on the investigation have been released.
October 18, 2017
VANDALIA DRIVER INJURED WHEN CAR STRUCK BY DUMP TRUCK
A Vandalia driver suffered moderate injuries when her car was struck by a dump truck at an Audrain County intersection, Tuesday afternoon. 55 year old Linda Govero, of Vandalia, was taken to SSM Audrain Hospital in Mexico after the accident, which occurred at around 2:45pm. The patrol says she was stopped in the roadway and her car was struck in the rear by a northbound dump truck, driven by 50 year old James Wright, of Columbia. Wright was not injured.
TWO ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA DRUG BUST
A Tuesday morning drug bust at a Columbia residence, resulted in the arrest of two suspects on drug and firearms charges. A raid by Columbia Police and the East Central Drug Task Force occurred at around 4am Tuesday, in the 500 block of East Rollins Street. 19 year old Dominic Kurt Loise and 19 year old Luke Joseph Stone were both arrested at the scene. Officers say they found cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, marijuana concentrate and marijuana edibles at the home, along with weapons.
SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING CENTRALIA TRAFFIC STOP
A suspect is in custody after fleeing a Centralia traffic stop, resulting in a vehicle pursuit. A probable cause statement says the suspect, Tanner Spurlock, fled a traffic stop by Centralia Police and the vehicle pursuit ensued, lasting more than 40 minutes through multiple counties, with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour at times. Officers say Spurlock was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of marijuana and rolling papers. He faces multiple charges.
KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED BY ILLINOIS AUTHORITIES
A Kirksville man is wanted by authorities in Illinois. A press release from the Marine Police Department indicates that 32 year old Lendsey Phillips, of Kirksville, is being sought on multiple charges, in connection with an August 24 traffic stop. They say a car was stopped for driving 62 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour school zone and the driver of the car was not able to provide a driver’s license. He allegedly fled the scene and struck an officer with his vehicle. The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later and investigation revealed evidence that the driver was Lendsey Phillips of Kirksville. Phillips is wanted on three felony warrants from Madison County, Illinois, with bond set at $100,000 dollars. He is also wanted on a parole violation warrant. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous with an extensive history of violence toward law enforcement. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the authorities.
MISSING KANSAS CHILD FOUND SAFE IN MOBERLY
A 2 year old child, who was reported missing in Kansas, was found Tuesday night, with assistance from the Moberly Police Department. Authorities say the child’s father had reported the child missing, after being taken by a 26 year old woman from Kansas. Authorities have not confirmed the suspect’s relationship to the child, but the case was originally reported as a parental kidnapping. The child was located safely in Moberly by the Highway Patrol, with assistance from Moberly Police and the Randolph County Children’s Division. The woman was taken into custody, pending formal charges.
October 17, 2017
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A Wentzville man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Jefferson County. 28 year old Francis Dunn was on Local Hillsboro Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and his truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a mailbox and a tree. He was air-lifted by Survival Flight to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION IN BOONE COUNTY
Two drivers suffered moderate injuries in a Monday night collision on Southbound 63 at New Salem Road in Boone County. It occurred at around 10:15pm. The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 51 year old John Gray, of California, MO, failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of a southbound car, driven by 19 year old Kori Poynter, of Monett. Both drivers were treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Monday at approximately 6am, the Mexico Public Safety Department and the Audrain Ambulance District responded to the US Highway 54 bypass approximately one mile south of E. Liberty Street, in reference to a crash. Callers reported that a passenger vehicle had collided with a dump truck and that both vehicles were on fire. Responding personnel contained and extinguished the fire in the engine compartments and passenger compartments of both vehicles. It was determined that 27 year old Domonique Powell of Louisiana, MO was proceeding westbound (south) on the US Highway 54 bypass, when his 2006 Ford crossed the centerline and struck a dump truck being driven eastbound (north) in the eastbound lane by 46 year old Jason Nelson of Jefferson City. Nelson was able to escape his vehicle before the passenger compartment caught fire. He was examined on scene by Audrain Ambulance District and did not require further medical treatment. Powell was dead upon emergency responder arrival. The US Highway 54 bypass was closed for approximately four hours and reduced to one lane of traffic for an additional hour and a half. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control and part of the investigation into what occurred.
SEAT BELT USAGE ON THE RISE
According to a recent survey, more Missourian’s are making the smart choice to buckle up. With sixty-five percent of Missouri’s traffic crash fatalities involving an unbelted driver or passenger, this increase could result in many lives saved. The 2017 Missouri Seat Belt Usage Survey final report, conducted by the Missouri Safety Center and University of Central Missouri, shows that Missouri’s overall seat belt usage is up to 84 percent. This is a 2.6 percent increase from 81.4 percent in 2016. The latest national average for seat belt usage is 90.1 percent. Observers recorded data from 560 sites within the 28 Missouri counties on over 115,000 vehicle occupants. The report showed that vehicle passengers and females were more commonly belted, and that occupants of sport utility/crossover and van/minivans also had a higher rate of seat belt usage, at 86.5 percent. Pickup truck drivers and passengers had the lowest usage rate at 69.3 percent. Missouri is one of only 15 states that does not have a primary seat belt law. To date, 53 Missouri cities and two counties have adopted their own primary seat belt ordinances to protect their citizens.
October 16, 2017
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A St. Louis man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:45pm Sunday in St. Louis City. 24 year old Jeff Wilson was westbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned, struck a guardrail and a fence. He was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK
A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday evening in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 34 year old Sean Smith of High Ridge was on Route PP when he suffered a medical condition, causing his truck to run off the left side of the road, striking an embankment and a tree. He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SERIES OF CAR BREAK-INS
Columbia Police are investigating a total of 17 calls Friday night, involving car break-ins in the area of the Regal Stadium 14 movie theatres, also known as Hollywood Theatres. Authorities say all 17 calls came in between the hours of 11:27pm Friday and 1 o’clock Saturday morning. 13 of the calls were reported as vandalism damage to vehicles…the other four involved items reported stolen from vehicles. The series of incidents remains under investigation by Columbia Police.
FALL IS HERE – WATCH FOR DEER
Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,604 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 1.9 hours in the state. In these crashes, there were six fatalities and 455 people were injured. Deer create hazards for Missouri motorists. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes. The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5pm and 6:59am. Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. When you see one, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert.
Weekend Report- October 14-15, 2017
BOY SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH
A 12 year old boy from Sedalia was seriously injured in an ATV crash Saturday afternoon in Boone County. The patrol says that the boy was riding an ATV on 1501 East Peabody Road at Fingerlakes State Park when he lost control and it overturned. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK
A Columbia woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Callaway County. 54 year old Shanna Johanning was on Route J when her car crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree. She was taken to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN KILLED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A St. Louis man was killed in an accident that occurred at 2am Saturday in St. Charles County. 31 year old Andrew Jeans was on the exit ramp from Highway 370 to New Town Boulevard when his car ran off the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the car as he was not wearing his seat belt. Andrew Jeans was pronounced dead at the scene.
October 13, 2017
PAVEMENT REPAIRS CONTINUE FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing work on the following routes in Montgomery County.
Missouri Route 161 - Oct. 16-17, one lane traffic at Elkhorn Creek, located near Montgomery City, for sealing. Work will be completed between 7:30am and 3pm.
Missouri Route 19 - Oct. 18, one lane traffic from the South Outer Road of Interstate 70 (Tree Farm Road) to the North Outer Road of I-70 (Bonneslick Road) for pavement repairs. Work will be completed between 8am and 2pm.
Missouri Route 19 - Oct. 19-20, one lane traffic from Montgomery County Route WW to 0.25 mile north of Route WW for pavement repairs. Work will be completed between 8am and 2pm. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.
Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
ELLIS-FISCHEL CANCER CENTER HOLDING ‘MAMMOTHON’
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Ellis-Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia will hold a ‘mammothon’ this weekend, urging women to get breast cancer screenings. The ‘mammothon’ will be held this (Friday) evening from 5 to 9pm and Saturday morning from 8am to noon. Mammograms, breast exams and more information on cancer education will be available during the event. You can make an appointment by calling Ellis-Fischel at 573-884-4082, and walk-ins are also welcome.
MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATE THREAT
Marshall Police investigated a social media threat against Marshall High School on Thursday. A text alert sent out to parents Thursday morning indicated that school officials were aware of a social media post alluding to planned violence at the school. Officials told parents the suspected poster had been taken into custody and was being questioned. No further details on the investigation have been released. Thursday’s classes at Marshall High School were not interrupted, but there was an increased police presence on school grounds.
GOVERNOR GREITENS APPOINTS NEW 8TH CIRCUIT JUDGE
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed a new judge to take over the 8th Circuit, which covers Ray and Carroll Counties. Judge Kevin Walden, of Carrollton, will replace the retiring Judge David Miller. Walden has served as Associate Circuit Judge for Carroll County since 2005. He also previously served as the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney.
October 12, 2017
MAN INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man from Leslie, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:45am Thursday in Franklin County. 33 year old Tony Collins was on US 50 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. He was transported by private auto to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
SECOND COLUMBIA ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED
Columbia Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with a robbery, which occurred last weekend on Claudell Lane. 19 year old Jeremy Nash was arrested Tuesday at the Columbia Red Roof Inn. Officers say they found marijuana, meth and digital scales in Nash’s hotel room, which will likely prompt additional charges. Police previously arrested 18 year old Keaveon Harris in connection with the robbery.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING FROM DEPUTIES
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Columbia man Wednesday, after he allegedly tried to flee from officers who were serving an active warrant. Deputies tried to make contact with the suspect, 44 year old Shawn Ingram, in the 2100 block of Sycamore Hills Road, just after 5pm Wednesday. They say Ingram ran into a nearby wooded area and K9 units were used to help locate him. Ingram was wanted on warrants for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, distributing a controlled substance and three counts of resisting arrest. Another man in the home, who was allegedly carrying a large amount of meth, was also arrested. 52 year old Gerald Summers is charged with possession.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Tuesday, Mexico Public Safety received between 12-20 reports of attempted phone scams. The majority of the callers were posing as the IRS and trying to arrange for an immediate payment using money cards. Other calls included the caller posing as a family member in a foreign jail needing money sent immediately, or a utility requiring immediate payment. At least one of the calls had the number “spoofed” and falsely appeared to come from SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain. Citizens are reminded that they should never give personal identification information or bank account information out to someone who calls them. Any company the citizen actually does business with will already have that information. Utilities and legitimate businesses do not require payment by money card or money orders. No legitimate prize requires payment of any taxes or fees up front, and no legitimate person needs someone to put money into a bank account and return a portion.
October 11, 2017
WEEKEND SHOOTING VICTIM DIES AS INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Columbia Police have confirmed that the victim in a Saturday night shooting incident on Rolling Rock Drive has died from his injuries. 20 year old Richard Ware was the victim in the incident. Two suspects, Darren Carter and Deandre Winters, were arrested Monday for allegedly tampering with evidence at the crime scene. Police say Winters was the victim’s roommate. The incident remains under investigation and police are still asking anyone with information to contact police or call Crimestoppers to remain anonymous….573-875-TIPS.
MO VALLEY STUDENT ARRESTED FOR WEAPON POSSESSION
A Missouri Valley College student faces charges after a school resource officer allegedly seized a handgun from him on the campus in Marshall, last week. Court records indicate that 18 year old Kelvin Lamaar Phillips, of St. Louis, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon on school premises. The school’s director of public safety says Phillips posted threatening messages on social media and was in possession of a handgun on campus. He is being held in the Saline County jail on $7500 dollars cash-only bond.
NEW LONDON DRIVER HURT IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
A New London driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Ralls County Route F, just north of Vandalia, early Tuesday morning. 49 year old Lori Epperson, of New London, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 6am. The patrol says her car ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
NEW FRANKLIN TEEN INJURED AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS
A New Franklin teenager escaped with just minor injuries when her vehicle ran off Howard County Route P and overturned, just after 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. 17 year old Davi L. Smith, of New Franklin, was treated at Cooper County Memorial Hospital after the accident. The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her car ran off the highway and overturned.
October 10, 2017
HALLSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER MONDAY BURGLARY
A Hallsville man was arrested Monday and is accused of breaking into a home north of Columbia. 31 year old Chase Wyatt is accused of breaking into a home in the 13000 block of Highway YY, Monday afternoon. Police used a K-9 unit to help track down the suspect, after the homeowners reported several items missing. Formal charges are still pending in the case.
COLUMBIA POLICE REPORT ARRESTS IN WEEKEND GUN INCIDENTS
Police report multiple arrests Monday in connection with gun-related incidents.
Two men were arrested in connection with the Saturday night shooting on Rolling Rock Drive that left a victim in critical condition. 22 year old Darren Devon Carter and 20 year old Deandre Tyrone Winters, both of Columbia, were arrested Monday morning. They’re accused of tampering with evidence after the shooting.
A Columbia teenager was arrested Monday, and accused of brandishing a weapon in two incidents over the weekend, near the 1000 block of Claudell Lane. 18 year old Keaveon Zaniyah Harris, of Columbia, is accused of second-degree felony robbery and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Police say he brandished a weapon and took an unspecified amount of money from a victim Sunday afternoon. He is also accused of threatening a minor with a weapon in a Saturday night incident. The investigation is ongoing.
COLUMBIA PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
A Columbia Pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening, in the 2100 block of Pleasant Way. Police say the driver was delivering to a home in the area when four or five suspects approached him, at least one of which was armed. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. The delivery driver was not injured. Police detained two persons of interest, who were later released. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
AMEREN MISSOURI’S CALLAWAY ENERGY CENTER BEGINS ROUTINE REFUELING AND MAINTENANCE OUTAGE
Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center began its 22nd planned refueling and maintenance outage on Saturday, Oct. 7. Approximately one-third of Callaway's fuel assemblies will be replaced during the outage at the 1,285-megawatt nuclear facility. The time is also used for maintenance and upgrades that otherwise could not be performed while the reactor is running. With so many tasks to accomplish, Ameren Missouri will be adding approximately 1,000 additional workers from across the state. They'll be supplementing Callaway's regular workforce of about 800 employees and giving a tremendous boost to the local economy. The Callaway Energy Center typically generates close to 25 percent of the electricity for Ameren Missouri’s 1.2 million customers.
October 9, 2017
BRIDGE SEALING PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing work on the following routes in Montgomery County. All work will be completed between 7:30am and 3pm.
Missouri Route 19 - Oct. 10, one lane traffic at Bear Creek, located south of Montgomery Route Y, for sealing.
Missouri Route 19 - Oct. 13, one lane traffic at Mill Creek, located south of Montgomery Route J, for sealing.
Missouri Route 161 - Oct. 16-17, one lane traffic at Elkhorn Creek, located near Montgomery City, for sealing.
Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A Robertsville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:45pm Sunday in Franklin County. 34 year old Christopher Cromwell was riding an ATV on Calvey Church Road when it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, causing him to be thrown from the ATV. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
SATURDAY NIGHT COLUMBIA SHOOTING LEAVES VICTIM CRITICAL
Columbia Police are investigating a Saturday night shooting incident, which left a 20 year old male victim in critical condition. The incident occurred in the 1500 block of Rolling Rock Drive. The victim was transported to a Columbia hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbia Police or call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
THREE HURT IN EARLY-SUNDAY-MORNING EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE
Three people were injured, early Sunday morning, in a shooting incident at Ruckus Bar and Grill in Columbia. Officers were called to the scene just after 1am and found the crowd fleeing the area. Initial reports indicate that multiple people pulled out firearms and shot at each other during an altercation in the parking lot, which spread into the street in front of the business. Three persons were taken for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers.
MISSING MARSHALL WOMAN FOUND SAFE
Marshall Police say a woman who had been missing since Thursday was found safe over the weekend. Police took the report Friday afternoon on 45 year old Jessica Short, who had not been seen since around midnight Thursday. Police say the woman was found safe and was reunited with her family over the weekend. No further details were released.
Weekend Report- October 7-8, 2017
HERMANN WOMAN HURT IN CHAIN-REACTION ACCIDENT
A Hermann woman was hurt in a chain-reaction accident that occurred at 4:50pm Saturday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that two Jeep’s were slowing down for traffic on MO 19 when the chain-reaction accident happened as a Ford Explorer struck the second Jeep in the rear, causing it to strike the first Jeep in the rear. The only person hurt in the incident was a passenger in one of the Jeep’s, 23 year old Latyshia Churchhill of Hermann and she was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY CRASH
A man from Owensville was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Gasconade County. 56 year old Barry Guittar was riding his motorcycle on 4th Street when it traveled off the right edge of the road, causing him to lose control, it retuned to the roadway, ejecting him and continued off the left side of the road and struck a ditch. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK
A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Gasconade County. 40 year old Crystal Stoving of High Ridge was on MO 100 when her car ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a driveway, became airborne, struck the ground and rolled into a creek. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment.
October 6, 2017
MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY EVENING ACCIDENT
A Desoto man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Thursday in Jefferson County. 44 year old Ronald Sullens was on Charter Church Road when his Ford Ranger traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of moderate injuries.
TWO TEENS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MARK TWAIN BOMB THREAT
Ralls County authorities have arrested two teenagers in connection with a bomb threat, which caused the evacuation of Mark Twain High School, earlier this week. The threat came on Monday and a thorough sweep of the building confirmed that the threat was a hoax. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department says an 18 year old Quincy male and a 15 year old juvenile from New London have been arrested and charged with making the threat.
MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED BY HIGHWAY PATROL
The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Moberly man on allegations of rape, sodomy and incest. The patrol says 47 year old Jeffrey L. Howard, of Moberly, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. No details on the investigation have been released. Howard was held overnight in the Randolph County Jail, on a 24-hour investigative hold.
FIRST ANNUAL TRUNKTOBERFEST AT SCC SATURDAY
The St. Charles Community College Foundation, SCC Student Activities and Cottleville-Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce are partnering up to host the first annual Trunktoberfest from 4-8pm Saturday on the college’s Red Parking Lot. This fun, free Halloween event will have trick-or-treating, kid-friendly activities, food trucks and an outdoor screening of the film Hocus Pocus starting at sundown on the Technology Building lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. Free popcorn will be provided, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The rain location is the College Center gymnasium, accessible from the Yellow Parking Lot near the campus’ Southwest Entrance. Trunk-or-treat is provided by St. Charles Community College organizations and Food Truck Frolic sponsors and vendors. Hosting a trunk and passing out candy is not open to the public.
October 5, 2017
MEXICO DRIVERS INJURED IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION
Two Mexico drivers were injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Audrain County Route FF. It occurred at around 3:20pm. The patrol says an eastbound pickup, driven by 40 year old Robert Goerne, of Mexico, crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound pickup, driven by 43 year old Michael Trower, of Mexico. Trower suffered serious injuries. Goerne was treated for moderate injuries. Both drivers were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE EARLY-MORNING BURGLARIES
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect after a pair of early-morning burglaries were reported at Campus View Apartments in Columbia. Investigators were called to the scene just after 2 o’clock this (Thurs) morning. They used K9 units to survey the perimeter of the building and they say one suspect is being sought. The investigation is ongoing.
WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A Mexico woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Audrain County. 33 year old Ashley Pehle was driving a Dodge Journey on Route KK when it traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch. She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY CRASH
A driver was injured in a Wednesday night crash in Gasconade County. 24 year old Joy Lotshaw of Gasconade was on an area highway when her vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hermann Area Hospital for treatment.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
MMA administrators were alerted to a potential threat Tuesday morning in the form of an anonymous note written by a student on the wall of one of the campus restrooms. Immediately afterward, the cadets were moved to the campus chapel in order to facilitate an investigation into the matter. They also contacted Mexico Public Safety for their assistance. After a thorough search of all cadets, cadet backpacks and campus facilities, they found no weapons of any kind. MMA officials continue to investigate the source of the note and disciplinary actions will be taken appropriately.
October 4, 2017
WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK
A woman from Portland, MO was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County. 46 year old Patricia Evers was on MO 94 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her truck to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. She was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday evening after an hour-long police search turned into a police pursuit. Nathan Canfield was the suspect, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Officers tried to serve that warrant near Grindstone Parkway and they say Canfield took off on foot, and then got into a white van and fled the scene. His vehicle was later stopped on Business Loop 70 and Canfield was arrested without incident.
CELL PHONE A FACTOR IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Harrisburg driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Boone County Route E, at around 1:45pm Tuesday afternoon. 26 year old Andrew Nichols, of Harrisburg, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says he was reaching for his cell phone, when his car ran off the highway, struck a road sign and a fence. The vehicle then traveled across an open field and struck another fence and a tree, coming to rest in a yard. Nichols was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, with moderate injuries.
BOONE, CALLAWAY COUNTIES GET NEW SAFETY SIGNS
From 2012 through 2014, more than 520 people statewide ran off the road in a curve and didn’t make it home. Another, 2,593 were seriously injured. To help combat this trend, the Missouri Department of Transportation recently installed 1,377 chevrons – yellow rectangular signs with black arrows – on curves in Boone and Callaway counties as part of a statewide initiative to reduce run-off-the-road crashes. The chevrons are placed where the advisory speed for the curve is lower than the posted speed limit by at least 15 mph and where the road averages 1,000 vehicles a day or more. They are spaced so motorists will see multiple chevrons when driving into and through the curve. In Boone County, 81 curves on 14 routes received the new curve signs. 59 curves on 9 routes in Callaway County are now sporting the safety signs. Three of the curves are on Route 94 where it flows into Montgomery County.
HARVEST SEASON IS UNDERWAY ON MISSOURI FARMS
Its harvest time on Missouri farms and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to pay extra attention to farm equipment using and crossing state roadways. Missouri’s 34,000 miles of state roadways pass alongside the fields of thousands of farms throughout the state. Farm equipment vehicles were involved in 582 crashes in the three years of 2014 through 2016. These crashes resulted in 17 people being killed and 199 injured. Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching farm vehicles. Be patient as the farm vehicles travel to their field entrances. In passing zones, please wait until it is safe and pass at a safe distance and speed.
October 3, 2017
CHARGES FILED IN FATAL ACCIDENT
The driver of the pickup that collided with a Harrisburg School bus last week, killing teacher and coach Brian Simpson and injuring four student-athletes, has been charged with second-degree murder. Boone County authorities allege that 26 year old Brandon Brill, of Clark, was driving without a license at the time of the accident, Thursday afternoon…and that he has had five prior charges of operating a vehicle without a license, resulting in the felony charge. The Highway Patrol says Brill’s vehicle crossed the centerline on Boone County Route F and collided with the school bus head-on. His bond has been set at $1 million dollars. Funeral services for Simpson will be this afternoon in Columbia. The Harrisburg School District will have classes this morning, but will dismiss at 11am so faculty, staff and students can attend the service.
TWO MEN ARRESTED WITH HANDGUNS ON COLUMBIA HICKMAN CAMPUS
Two men were arrested Monday after being found on the Hickman High School campus with firearms. Officials say the two men approached the outside lunch tables at Hickman just before 1pm and the men were escorted off the property. They returned moments later and were found to be in possession of handguns. Both men were arrested. Their names have not been released.
MEXICO DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION SCHEDULE WILL CHANGE FOR FRIDAY
Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announces that on Friday the driver examination station located at 220 N. Jefferson Street in Mexico will open at 9:30am instead of 8am. Written tests will be conducted from 9:30am until 3:50pm and driving tests will be conducted from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, October 10.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Friday, September 29 at approximately 6:29am, Mexico Public Safety responded to the 1500 block of N Olive in reference to an unwanted subject. The caller reported that a female he did not know forced her way into his residence, stating she was looking for something. After being confronted by the resident, the woman left. At approximately 6:39am, officer located 28 year old Jessica Harris of Mexico, a few blocks from the incident. It was determined that Harris was the woman who entered the home and she was taken into custody. After further investigation Harris was taken to the Audrain County Jail for the charge of Burglary 1st degree. There were no injuries from the incident.
On Saturday, September 30 at approximately 9:45pm, Mexico Public Safety responded to the 800 block of W. Monroe in reference to a disturbance where someone was threatened with a gun. Responding personnel learned that 56 year old Joe Bickell of Mexico apparently felt that a person had entered upon his property and confronted the person, at one point displaying a gun. Bickell was taken into custody and after further investigation was taken to the Audrain County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Assault 4th degree. There were no injuries from the incident.
On Sunday, October 1 at approximately 1:14pm, Mexico Public Safety responded to the 400 block of Maple in reference to a disturbance where a gun had been fired. Responding personnel found that a dog, which was being kept, tied in an area yard, broke free of its tether and attacked a cat in a neighboring yard. The owner of the cat shot a handgun at the dog one time and missed. The cat was killed during the attack and Mexico Animal Control seized the dog. The incident is still under investigation, and as of this time there are no known injuries or property damage from the gunshot.
October 2, 2017
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A Union teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Franklin County. 19 year old Hayden Olive was on MO 47 when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck a curb and concrete base to an electric signal. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
FOUR TEENS INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
Four teens from O’Fallon, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at 3pm Sunday in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 18 year old Lucas Willifred was driving a Ford Explorer on MO 79 when the right rear tire blew out causing him to lose control, travel off the right side of the roadway, strike the concrete traffic barrier, overturned and came to rest on its right side. The driver along with three passengers 17 year old Chelsea Franklin, 19 year old Cody Harrison and 17 year old Austin Willifred were taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH
A driver was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Jefferson County. 16 year old Hanna Keown of Eureka was on Twin River Road when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line, began to skid, ran off the left side of the road, struck a tree and her car came to rest facing westbound. She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment.
SERVICES TUESDAY FOR HARRISBURG TEACHER AND COACH
Funeral services for Harrisburg High School teacher, Brian Simpson, will be held Tuesday at 2pm at the Crossing Church in Columbia. Harrisburg Superintendent Steve Combs says classes at the Harrisburg School District will be in session Tuesday morning, but will be dismissed at 11am so students and faculty can attend Simpson’s funeral. Simpson was killed in a traffic crash Thursday afternoon. Four members of the Harrisburg Cross Country Team, who were injured in the accident, continued to recover from their injuries, over the weekend.
October 1, 2017
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A Holts Summit driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11pm Saturday in Osage County. 20 year old Joshua Lippincott was on Route A when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. He was transported by Staff for Life Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY WRECK
A man from Bland, MO was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 54 year old Dennis Czeschin was on Route B when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway, became airborne, struck several trees and overturned off the roadway. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING CRASH
A Columbia man was hurt in a Saturday evening crash in Cole County. 48 year old John Stephens was on MO 17 on ramp to US 54 eastbound when he drove off the right side of the road, causing his truck to overturn. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment.